So for my first step into bass modification, aside from a horrendous plexi pickguard, is making my ol' Ibanez GSR200 as pretty as it plays. The plan is to take some wonderfully patterned laminate and put that over the poly that's there now. The poly is black and I want to do a dark purple to black burst or stain. So what things do I need to consider before putting the laminate on? I was figuring cutting around the bridge to not mess with the action, sand everything down so it kind of blends together, and maybe cut around the knobs so they're more depressed into the body. Is my thought sound? Or should I really remove the poly? Thanks!